If the best looking melons in the garden had little or no flavor last summer, the problem may
be the variety planted. Some melon types do better in a region than others and only trial and
error or an experienced local gardener or county extension agent can guide you.
Occasionally the problem is the soil. It may lack sufficient nutrients or the pH can be too
low. Dig in compost or rotted manure before planting. Melons do best in neutral to slightly
alkaline soil. Have your soil tested and if the pH is below 6.5, amend with lime. Sometimes a
lot of rain near the time of harvest will dilute the sugar in melons affecting taste.
Watermelons will regain their sugars if you hold off harvesting for a few days. Cantaloupes